Desert Botanical Garden to Present Ludvic: Steel Jam Sculptures in the Garden

October 26, 2010


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Ludvic: Steel Jam Sculptures in the Garden, an exhibition of sculpture by artist Ludvic, will be installed on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail from November 19, 2010 through May 31, 2011. The exhibition will include twelve of Ludvic’s new works — stunning and colorful sculptures, created from the discarded material of society. The exhibit is free for members and included with paid Garden admission.

Junkyard finds are gathered by Ludvic and recycled into lively, impromptu compositions. He reassembles, cuts, reshapes, sandblasts and grinds the materials, claiming to never discard a single piece. The sculptures, titled “Steel Jam Session,” are created as in a jazz jam session —“in the moment,” — with the artist following his intuitive sense. A viewer can see how each sculpture moves to the rhythm of Ludvic’s perpetual jam session. The sculptures on view are new pieces created from materials found around the Phoenix area and created at the artist’s studio in the Sonoran Desert.

Using all recycled materials and solvent-free methods of painting, Ludvic seeks to balance environmental, social, economic, and aesthetic concerns in creating his artwork. The timely message of sustainability comes across clearly in his work. As the artist says, “In my sculpture, I use the debris of civilization and leftovers of industry. Steel replaces the noble materials of traditional sculpture such as marble, granite, bronze and techniques like casting and carving. The direct use of the products of heavy industry like steel, anchors my work in the 20th century. But the content and form carries me to the 21st century. So I recycle whatever I find in junkyards and create a new dialogue from material that has been rendered useless. There is a beauty in that renewal – an environmental virtuosity.”

Born, 1944 in Sudan and educated in Egypt and Switzerland, Ludvic has had a diverse career. In Europe he apprenticed with renowned artists such as Marino Marini, Karel Appel and Bram Bogart, and worked as a fabric designer for Yves Saint Laurent. In the 1970’s he worked briefly at Andy Warhol’s “Factory.” Ludvic, whose work has been reviewed in Art News magazine, exhibits his paintings and sculptures in museums and galleries internationally.

WHEN: November 19, 2010 – May 31, 2011
WHERE: Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail
A “Phoenix Point of Pride”, the Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization and depends on revenues from admissions and gift shop sales, as well as contributions from individuals and businesses to fund its programs of environmental education, plant conservation and research.

The exhibit is free with admission to the Garden.  Admission rates are $15.00 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $7.50 for students with ID, $5.00 for children 3-12 years-of-age; Garden members and children 2 years and younger are admitted free.

The Desert Botanical Garden is located inside Papago Park at 1201 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Garden is open every day, except Thanksgiving, December 25 and July 4, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Ottosen Gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.  Call (480) 941-1225 or visit http://www.dbg.org/shop/events-exhibitions/general-admission for more information.

 * Digital images available upon request.

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